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Dr. Bernard Master

Bird expert's encore presentation scheduled June 12 at MAC


Dr. Bernard Master will deliver an encore presentation of "The Birds of Worthington: Discovering in Our Own Backyard," on Wednesday, June 12, at the McConnell Arts Center.

Master, one of the world's most renowned bird experts, presented the program at the MAC on April 17. It was so popular, crowds were turned away.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Master's presentation will be at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Master is a recognized bird watcher who has seen more than 7,400 of the world's 10,000 known species.

He has converted the property around his Medick Estates home into a bird sanctuary.

Master has traveled to nearly 100 countries in search of rare species. He is one of only 20 American members of the International Rare Bird Club.

A previously unrecorded songbird in Colombia, the Vireo masteri, or Choco Vireo, is named for his family.

An internationally recognized conservationist, Master was honored by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands for his contribution to conservation.

He is an adviser to the Ohio State University Wetlands Park, is a board member of the Columbus Zoo and is a member of Florida Gulf Coast University Everglades Restoration Advisory Board.

He served as a governor of BirdLife International in Cambridge, England, and is former vice chairman of the Nature Conservancy.